Mumps case confirmed at Winthrop University, alert sent out

An alert has been sent out to parents, faculty, staff and students after a case of the mumps was confirmed at Winthrop University. 

Officials said anyone who resided in or visited the university between Dec. 8 2016 and Dec. 14, 2016 may have been exposed to mumps. 

Mumps is a contagious viral infection that may result in partitas, or swelling in one or both parotid salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area below the ear. 

Other common symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. 

Mumps is spread through saliva, mucus from the mouth, nose or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by; coughing, sneezing, talking or kissing; sharing items such as drinks, cigarettes or eating utensils; and touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others. 

Students at Winthrop University born in 1957 or after are required to have a written documentation of 2 doses of MMR vaccine. All other adults born during or after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity against mumps are recommended to have at least one dose of MMR vaccine. 

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